The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports one community-committed student per participating campus who has demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change. Fellows receive learning opportunities focused on the skills needed to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and building equitable communities.
The Newman Civic Fellowship is a core component of Campus Compact’s strategy to build a national network of engaged student leaders who can support one another in building transformational partnerships between campuses and communities. Campus Compact is a coalition of colleges and universities advancing the public purpose of higher education by deepening schools’ ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.
Newman Civic Fellows are acknowledged for their motivation and potential for public leadership. Newman Civic Fellows demonstrate commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national exemplars of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.
The Newman Civic Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. Administrative support comes from Campus Compact.
The Newman Civic Fellowship honors Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. Frank Newman’s leadership was selfless, optimistic, and determined, spanning an extraordinary career of more than five decades. At the core of Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of inter-connected individuals to make a difference. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens. The Newman Civic Fellows are reflections and affirmations of his life’s work. Learn more about Frank Newman.
2018 Recipient Wendy Hoang
In her time on campus, Wendy has been involved with campus and community as the service co-chair for her scholarship’s cohort. One of her most influential projects has been the creation of high-school outreach events at East High School. These events attempt to increase access to information about her scholarship program and higher education with hopes of increasing representation of Madison students, especially those from communities of color and other underrepresented groups.
She coordinates educational sessions, student panels, and college visits to connect students to resources related to the college and scholarship application process. Wendy has effectively connected campus and community by collaborating with East High School and other college students to build communities of support for young scholars of color.